What an MP can do for you

Members of Parliament (MPs) are elected to the House of Commons by residents of a constituency to represent them. MPs can only help with issues to those that live in the constituency their MP represents. They also voice and campaign on behalf of their constituency whilst in Parliament.

MPs split their duties and time between the constituency and Parliament. In the constituency, Marcus would attend local public events, visit local schools and businesses as well as having meetings with important local business stakeholders. He also holds surgeries for his constituents to meet with him and discuss any personal or local issues they have. Whilst in Parliament, they discuss and debate the implementation of new laws as well as holding Government Ministers to account by questioning them on governmental legislation and policy. They can also push through their own legislation through Private Members Bills.

However, MPs are not in a position to change local government policy or decisions. They can declare their personal view on a particular Council matter, but they do not have the power to change or influence any decisions made by the Council. MPs can, however, contact the Council on your behalf voicing your concern and/or observation. There are many occasions where it may be more appropriate to contact your either District or County Councillor(s) before approaching me.

One common Council issue that Marcus gets contacted about is about planning and the progress on applications. You can view the current status on any planning application here

MPs and their offices are not in the position to offer legal advice. MPs do not have any authority over the Police or Courts. Marcus can contact the Police on your behalf but they have no influence over any law enforcement decision. If you do require legal advice we suggest contacting a solicitor or Citizens Advice. Their details can be found here